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Plant-based milk or traditional milk: Which is healthier?

Most of us are used to eating dairy products on a regular basis, including cheese, cream and milk. But strangely enough, humans are the only mammals who continue drinking milk after childhood, despite it not being totally necessary in our diet. Here come the questions… Is it healthy to consume cow’s milk? What about the milk alternatives, are they better or worse for my health?

Let’s start with the basics. What are the health benefits of whole milk, semi-skimmed milk or skimmed milk? All of them have a high amount of protein and nutrients, although whole milk has a higher amount of fat.

Over the last few years plant-based milks have become more common in our daily consumption and above all for those on specific diets. There are so many plant-based milks available: soy milk, oat milk, almond milk, coconut milk, hazelnut milk, rice milk and the list goes on. These alternative milks have become more and more popular in recent years and especially with those looking for a healthy lifestyle.

Now comes the big question: Which plant-based milk is healthier?

First of all, we should bear in mind that before buying any plant-based milk we should check the ingredients. A lot of these plant-based milks have added extras (especially sugar) which you should try to avoid if looking for a healthy diet. It’s recommended not to consume more than 3-4 grams for every 100ml. Look out for it!


Soy milk

This plant-based drink is the most similar to cow’s milk and it’s the only one which has a good amount of calcium and protein.

Almond milk

This drink has a high amount of calories and a low amount of micronutrients. Its best to always choose the version without added sugar as it’s already high in calories.

Coconut and rice milk

Although we can find these types of plant-based drinks separately, in most supermarkets we can find a mixture of both. This drink has a low protein count with a high amount of sugar. The amount of sugar is even higher than a as a glass of Coca Cola!

Quinoa milk

This drink is good for your digestion and has a low-calorie count compared to the previous drinks we mentioned. Quinoa milk also has a high amount of fibre, protein, omega 3 and 6 which are good for you.

So, should you drink milk or plant-based milk?

The most important thing is to keep a balanced diet which can include cow’s milk and plant-based milk. We should pay attention to our bodies and how many calories we consume and burn day to day.

As we’ve mentioned before, the healthiest option to drink are teas and infusions. If you want to lose weight its best to remove all dairy from your diet at the same time as keeping a balanced diet.




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10 basic beauty products to always keep in your bag

Nowadays there are so many different beauty products that it’s hard to keep track of them. Everyone’s different and we all have various needs and products which work best for us. We share which beauty products we believe are the most useful for women.

Here are the 10 essential beauty products we recommend to use daily. We’ll also share some tricks on how to use them, let’s go!

  1. Eye contour cream:

This product will become your best friend, it’s great for preventing dark circles, bags and wrinkles. Experts recommend to use this daily from age 25. When choosing your perfect eye contour, you should look at the ingredients, we recommend buying one which contains hyaluronic acid.

  1. Facial serum:

This cosmetic is perfect for caring for your skin. Its effectiveness is greater than facial creams since it has a higher concentration of active ingredients and the texture is lighter making it easier for your skin to absorb.

  1. Facial cleanser:

Cleaning your face daily is essential to regenerate your skin and curb signs of aging. The best way to do this is to start moistening the skin with water, placing a small amount of cleanser (the size of a coin) on your fingertips, and then spreading it from the centre outwards to the edges of your face. After you’ve covered your face, rinse and dry your skin softly for the best effect.

  1. Face mask:

There are several types of facial masks which adapt to various skin types depending which results you want to achieve. Vitamin C helps lighten your skin, pearl extract revitalises your face, coconut oil eliminates toxins and aloe vera hydrates your complexion. If none of the above convinces you, there are many more reasons!

  1. Facial scrub:

This is a must-have product product to use daily as it helps eliminate dead skin. Also, thanks to its purifying action it cleans the pores which helps other products to work better on your skin.

  1. Night cream:

Many creams don’t have the same effect on your skin during the day as at night. At night your cells divide faster and regenerate better. The regeneration of cells happens naturally, but its best to apply it between 11pm and 4am.

  1. Hand cream:

The skin on your hands often suffers most as we’re constantly using them and they’re exposed to different environments. Therefore, it is essential to include hand cream in your daily routine, giving your hands the protection they deserve.

  1. Body lotion:

After a shower it’s good to hydrate your skin by applying body lotion or milk. Ideally you should apply it all over your body, making circular movements and without applying much pressure.

  1. Lip balm:

This product is perfect all year round, since it gives our lips an aspect of care. We recommend using it several times a day, especially if you usually have chapped lips, it will help you get softer lips.

  1. Dry shampoo:

This flagship product will save you on more than one occasion. It is perfect when you’re in a hurry. It works as follows: you must apply it on your hand and extend it through the roots of your hair. There are specific shampoos for dry or dyed hair. Choose the one that best suits your hair type.

And don’t forget the sunscreen! The last but not least product that shouldn’t be missing from your bag in summer. Essential to avoid damaged sunburnt skin. Trust us, you’ll thank us when you’re older!

After this review of our favourite daily beauty rituals, we hope we have convinced you to try the ones that best suit you. What’s your must-have beauty product?


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Do I need to switch off? 8 advantages of having a healthy holiday

There are times when you feel completely overwhelmed by the stress of everyday living and this eventually creates an imbalance between body and mind. If you can relate to this statement, now is the time to think about taking a break. But not just any regular getaway, where you’ll end up running around all day, doing all kinds of different things and (yet again) living life at a frantic pace. Take a proper holiday, a real one, and disconnect from the world so you can reconnect with yourself, a healthy holiday.

We recommend a wellness retreat, as it not only encourages you to keep on with (or begin) your diet but also combine it with different activities to improve your overall wellbeing such as: exercise, massages, meditation, yoga, nutritional coaching… It doesn’t sound too bad at all, does it? Well, just wait until you hear about the advantages, and then you can decide:

  1. No organisation required: The only things you will have to think about are the basic functions of day-to-day life. This is because we at Samsara Healthy Holidays provide you with a complete program of activities so that you don’t have to worry about arranging or organising anything.
  2. Healthy eating: Enjoy healthy and delicious food, based on the Mediterranean diet, which will nurture your body from the inside out. This helps to reduce anxiety provoked by the stress of everyday life and puts you on the right healthy path to losing weight.
  3. Long-term benefits: The time you spend at a wellness retreat not only helps you to switch off and unwind, it also helps improve your metabolism and gives you a feeling of lasting inner peace, while helping you develop a healthier lifestyle.
  4. Natural surroundings: Just being in close contact with nature, a stone’s throw from Playa de Muro beach, helps to reduce cortisol production, which is the hormone responsible for stress. Plus, you get to breathe fresh, clean air and escape from the noise and pollution of the city.
  5. Less expensive: They tend to be cheaper than conventional holidays. Also, considering the benefits you gain from the experience, the quality-price ratio is in fact more than reasonable.
  6. People with common goals: You will meet new people who have the same concerns as you, and with whom you will share unforgettable experiences. This will help you feel more at ease during your stay, as you will not be on your own.
  7. Professional help: You will be surrounded and supported by a team of experts who will provide you with the tools and techniques you need to feel good both within yourself, and about yourself.
  8. Find inner peace: During the retreat you will learn how to reach a state of total relaxation thanks to a variety of activities such as meditation, which will help you keep stress levels at bay both during and after the retreat.

All these advantages, as well as many others, make going to a wellness retreat a truly unique gift. A gift from you, to you, because you deserve to have a holiday that allows you to reconnect with yourself, free yourself of obligations, breathe fresh air, enjoy a healthy diet, rest and relax. Don’t put it off until tomorrow, start taking care of yourself today! We’ll be expecting you!


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The health Benefits of tea

Today we talk about a popular hot drink which we all know and love. But are you aware of all the health benefits? It’s a millenary drink originating from China and became popular in countries like India and the UK and later all over the world. Now it’s one of the most consumed drinks and contains many healing and relaxing properties.

So, what are the real health benefits of tea? We’re about to find out…

Tea is currently the second most consumed beverage in the world, after water. Which doesn’t surprise us, because as well as its health benefits, there are hundreds of flavours to choose from.

We highlight the main benefits:

  • Fights aging, protects cells and tissues against disease and cells from oxidizing.
  • Reduces anaemia, by helping to mitigate the lack of iron.
  • Strengthens teeth, hair and bones therefore reducing the risk of bone fractures.
  • It is diuretic and helps to eliminate toxins from our body.
  • Keeps us hydrated.
  • Tea contains 0 calories.

What more could you ask for in a drink? We can think of even more advantages and so many flavours with different properties. These are the teas Samsara holidays recommend:

  • Green Tea – Undoubtedly the king of teas. Accounting for up to one fifth of the total tea produced worldwide! Its properties include: bone strengthening, reducing the risk of arthritis, and good for losing weight.
  • Red bush tea – For many years it was only consumed by emperors. It helps with weight loss and improves digestion.
  • Matcha tea – Even more benefits than green tea. It’s an antioxidant which improves the immune system, helps the flow of your indigestion and relaxes.
  • Mint tea – Improves digestion, pain relief, eliminates inflammation and helps fight bad breath.
  • Rooibos tea – provides antioxidants and is completely caffeine-free, making it a good bedtime drink.
  • Kukicha tea – From the same plant as green tea. Contains calcium and vitamin C and helps to mineralize the body.
  • Black tea – A powerful anti-stress relief, improves digestion, keeps our mind alert and protects our immune system.
  • White tea – A powerful antioxidant which helps to reduce the level of cholesterol in addition to preventing liver disease.

Lastly, we advise you not to add sugar in your tea, as difficult as it may be! Drinking 2 cups of tea a day will bring best results.

As you can see, there are so many different varieties of tea with most being available in your local supermarket. You only have to choose those the one which best suits you. Enjoy!


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How Swimming can improve body and mind

Did you know that swimming is one of the most beneficial activities that exists? In this article we will encourage you to incorporate swimming in your weekly exercise routine.

Swimming is one of the most complete sport activities. In addition to being relaxing, it brings infinite benefits to our body and mind. These are the most prominent:

  • Constantly moving help you burn more calories.
  • You keep your heart and lungs healthier and avoid related diseases, such as high blood pressure.
  • You will improve your resistance.
  • By floating in the water you allow your back to relax when it is usually always tense. This helps to reduce the pain in that area as well as your posture.
  • Swimming helps keep your joints stronger and younger.

Now that we’ve convinced you, it’s time to start practicing ;). If you’re in Majorca there’s no lack of places to swim! We’re surrounded by the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. Swimming in a pool has many benefits but doing it at sea has many more. By practicing swimming in the sea you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings to give you a greater feeling of relaxation. And there are some more advantages of swimming in the sea:

  • You’ll feel better! Contact with salt water minerals helps you to feel more relaxed and improve your skin.
  • It helps your attention span, concentration and sense of direction, as these are things we need to be aware of when swimming in the sea.
  • Nobody can tell you where to go, you can swim at your own pace and direction. This helps you fully enjoy that moment of relaxation and disconnect.
  • Saltwater helps lower inflammation by relaxing blood vessels. It is a natural anti-inflammatory.
  • The salt water of the sea makes it easier to float, which allows you to improve your swimming technique.
  • Vitamin D! When swimming outdoors you will be in contact with the sun and get some vitamins in your skin.

Even in winter the sun is shining most days and you can put on a wetsuit to stay warm. Cold water will get your heart racing which is good for you!

Now, where’s my swimming costume? You can make the most of your stay at Samsara Healthy Holidays to join the adventure and enjoy the Mediterranean Sea and swimming spots. You won’t be able to get enough!


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The benefits of Chia Seeds. The superfood trend with more than 18 centuries of history.

Chia is a small seed that has revolutionized our diet and become essential to a healthy lifestyle. Coming from Mayan and Aztec origins, chia was one of the main items in our ancestors’ diets. It was often used in medicine due to the highly beneficial properties.

Chia’s popularity has been growing since we started consuming it widespread a few years ago and today we can find it in most supermarkets. Its mild flavour, versatility and high omega 3 count are some of the reasons why this seed has become so popular.

Below we explain the multiple benefits of chia:

  • It’s high in fibre which helps regulate our intestinal flow
  • It boosts our hydration: chia can retain up to 10 times its weight in water
  • The high amounts of antioxidants they contain help fight aging and eliminate toxins
  • They are a great source of energy.
  • It helps to gain muscle mass thanks to the large amount of fibre and protein
  • It works as a natural joint anti-inflammatory because of its high amount of Omega 3 fatty acids

How should I consume chia?

In recent years, there have been myths about how to eat chia seeds. There are two ways to enjoy them safely whilst getting the full nutrient absorption:

  1. Crushed: You can crush the seeds and add them to any other foods, whether sweet or savoury.
  2. Soaked: You can soak the seeds for about 15 minutes in water until they absorb all the liquid.

Try these methods with many recipes; sprinkled in desserts or in smoothies. It’s not recommended to eat dried chia seeds as they can get stuck in our intestines making them difficult to digest. If you eat them dry you also won’t absorb all the nutrients. Not to mention they won’t taste as good!

How many chia seeds should I eat?

Like everything, they should be consumed in moderation. Make sure you don’t eat too many as they are high in fibre so too much of them can cause digestive problems.

The recommended amount per day is 25 grams which is around two tablespoons. If you’re new to chia seeds, it’s best to introduce them slowly into your diet, starting with a tablespoon a day and gradually increasing your consumption until max 25 grams a day.

Chia Recipes

Blueberry muffins with chia: these muffins are much tastier with chia added and it helps to give them some nutritional energy. The ideal way to start the day.

Berry smoothie: A Refreshing smoothie rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C and fibre. A great combination to do with sport as you’ll have loads of energy!

Chia with yoghurt: the best way to introduce chia quickly and easily. You can simply sprinkle a teaspoon on top or let it soak in water for 15 min before you add to your yoghurt.

So now you know all the health benefits of chia, what are you waiting for? Grab some seeds and get healthy.


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Do you want to join the running trend?

Are you still having second thoughts about putting on your running shoes and hitting the road? That might be because you don’t know the benefits of running and how they can impact your body and mind in a positive way. Test yourself and and go for a run at the Serra de Tramuntana or enjoy the sunshine while exercising near the sea. At the same time running is not just to disconnect or losing weight. Takes notes because today on Samsara Healthy Holidays we bring you all the advantages of running.

Do you feel envious when you see photos on social media of healthy people with toned bodies? Join the runner club and you will also get a healthy body! Start small, at your own pace and discover the benefits of running.

Healthier and toned body
Running is an aerobic exercise that not only strengthens bones, prevents injuries and strengthens muscles, it also keeps your cardiovascular system fit. The heart of a runner is stronger than that of a sedentary person, because it is used to functioning constantly.

And, although it has often been said that running is not good for the knees, because all of the impact of the tread, runners, who go out to run frequently, reinforce this area and have less chances of being injured in comparison with more sedentary people.

As soon as you start running, you will see how your body acquires greater resistance and becomes more agile and flexible.

In addition, running makes your body t to burn more fat. If you combine it with a training plan and a healthy diet you will soon get healthy and that toned body you desire so much. Start slowly and increase the pace little by little, if you run three times a week, you will immediately start seeing improvements.

Lower your stress
Going for a daily run is one of the best therapies and it is also free! Running will help you disconnect from all the tensions and responsibilities of your everyday life. So find the time out of your busy schedule and go for an  outdoor run.

Runners often experience a feeling of happiness after exercising and that helps them to feel good about themselves. This is due to the endorphins that your brain releases which makes you relax. You will feel how the calmness and the well-being spreads to your entire body.

In addition, when you go for a jog or any other type of exercises, you tire your body and reduce its stress levels and therefore, you will get a better and longer sleep. We can say that physical exercise gives you a better rest.

Running in Mallorca
Our island has everything you need for you to exercise. Moreover, you can choose a different scenario for your everyday run. Which option do you prefer, sea or mountain? Do you fancy the sea breeze and the sun or do you prefer the asphalt and the road?

You can start in a flatter area, such as the promenade of Alcúdia and increase your resistance level depending on where you chose to run. Dare to run down the mountain and introduce inclination to your jog. Discover areas you didn’t know about Palma and run through its cobbled streets.

You choose! Are you ready? Sneakers? Put them on! Mind? Out! Body? Ready! Start running today and experience that unique feeling of happiness after a run.

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Healthy juices made in Majorca

Before we know it, we’ll almost be in spring. Soon we can ditch the jumper, coat and boots, and swap them for sandals, shorts and dresses. So, it’s time to prepare that summer body. Juices and smoothies can be an alternative to detox diets, as they help us lose weight and drain fluids. And when the warm weather arrives, who doesn’t fancy a cold juice?

Juices and natural milkshakes are all the rage, they’re not a new arrival. We’re even a bit tired of seeing photos of people drinking green juices on social networks. But there are still many people who don’t include them in their daily diet.

Detox juices help to purify the body and maintain our figure. In addition, the combination of different fruits and vegetables is the perfect way to lead a healthy and balanced diet. This is the Samsara Healthy Holidays philosophy.

Whether you want to lose weight or lead a healthy lifestyle, juices have become the best way to consume fruit and veg quickly, comfortably and easily. In addition, they give you a lot of nutrients and vitamins, especially if eat them raw.


So, grab your blender and get down to work. In Majorca we are lucky enough to have a wide variety of fresh local fruit and vegetables. We’ll share some healthy juices made with local products, so that you can stay in shape and take care of yourself both inside and out.

  • Sóller oranges, carrots and celery: This tasty juice is also diuretic, because celery helps you eliminate fluids and end stomach swelling. Both oranges and carrots will help you get a more natural brush.
  • Sóller oranges, soy milk and lemon juice: with this refreshing juice you will get 240% of the recommended amount of vitamin C.
  • Tomato, cucumber and celery juice: on the island we have a wide variety of tomatoes that contain a lot of water and are very rich in nutrients. The juices made with these tomatoes, not only help you lose weight, they are also antioxidant.
  • Melon juice: melon is a fruit characterized by the amount of water it contains. In summertime in Mallorca, we have many different varieties of tasty melon. Melons are moisturizing, antioxidants, diuretic and contain loads of vitamins. In addition, it has infinite combinations which as just as delicious as eating it alone. Dare to mix it with celery or spinach. Or you can opt for something more traditional like apple. All are mouth-wateringly delicious!
  • Watermelon and peppermint juice: despite what you might think, watermelon doesn’t contain much sugar. But similar to Melons, what it does contain is a lot of water. 90% to be exact, which means it doesn’t have any calories. This makes it the ideal antioxidant, diuretic and vitamin supply. Simply mixing it with a little peppermint helps you get a refreshing, delicious juice.

With the abundance of fruit and vegetables we harvest in Mallorca, why not take advantage of them? Juices are one of the best ways to include them in our daily diet. And it is one of the best ways to get a healthy body inside and out, since fruits and vegetables provide many vitamins, minerals and fibre.

If want to know more about healthy local products which should be included in your diet, download our ebook and take note.

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The best ways to disconnect in Mallorca

It is not surprising we are in love with our island. And that is because Mallorca is the perfect place to disconnect and enjoy the best beaches and their surroundings.
In Mallorca you can find everything you need to achieve the perfect balance between body and mind. From excursions along paths that will lead you to paradisiacal lost beaches to outdoor activities such as yoga, long walks along the seashore or visits to the most charming villages. Because Mallorca is much more than sun and beaches and it is not necessary to leave the island in order to disconnect and pamper yourself.

Hiking trails
Mallorca is so beautiful that one of its greatest pleasures is to tour the island and discover new landscapes while doing exercise. Therefore, today we would like to recommend you some hiking routes so you can reach some of the most remote and beautiful beaches of Mallorca. Because there is no greater reward after a long walk than finding an uninhabited cove and its transparent water, don’t you think?

  • Cala Bóquer: After walking approximately for one hour from the Port of Pollensa, among a path where you can enjoy both the sea and the mountain views, you will arrive at this beautiful pebble cove where you can even dive or climb. A very complete escape.
  • Platja del Coll Baix: The access to this pebble beach is much easier. To get to this cove located near Alcudia, you just have to walk a small winding path for 20 minutes. You will arrive at a beautiful virgin beach surrounded by big mountains and crystal clear water.
  • Cala Magraner: Located in Manacor, this cove is well known to climbing enthusiasts. A half an hour walk on a path among almond and carob trees and you will reach a white sand beach dotted with rocks.
    If you already know these ones, we are sure you can will find many others so do not hesitates and get to know new places in Mallorca.

Outdoor Activities
In Mallorca we have the great privilege of enjoying pleasant temperatures and good weather throughout the year. Therefore, we can take advantage to exercise more outdoors in exchange of gyms or indoor training. Today we put forward some activities for you to do while enjoying the Mallorcan landscapes and we can assure you they will help you disconnect from the daily routine.
Walks on the beach: take off your shoes, let your feet touch the sand and enjoy the feeling of freedom while walking barefoot on the beach. A long walk observing the sea not only activates your legs circulation, but it also allows you to free your mind and disconnect from daily stress.
Beach yoga: Did you know that a well-done yoga session can give you all the energy you need and the balance between mind and body? Yoga brings many benefits to your body and it’s something you can also do on the beach. The sea and the sand will help you connect better with all your senses.
TRX: Just like yoga, you don’t need to go to the gym to practice TRX. Take advantage of the early hours in the morning or the last ones in the afternoon to get fit and to breathe fresh air. This way you will work on your flexibility, strength, stability and balance. If you do not know which is the trending exercise among the celebrities, find out in our article.

As you know, Mallorca is not all only about sun and beaches, it has towns that are worth visiting, specially if you go on a trip through the Serra de Tramuntana, a place where you can find extremely charming places. .
You can make a new route every day, that will take you from one town to another, or you can tour for a couple of days the entire Serra de Tramuntana to discover its villages and interior landscapes. Everything will depend on your time and desire.
Visit Soller, Deià, Valldemossa or Banyalbufar and soak up all the flora and fauna of the area while you exercise.

Samsara Healthy Holidays
You can also spend a weekend in a hotel that encompasses all these activities, without having to leave the island. Samsara Healthy Holidays proposes a complete program with exercises and a meal plan so that you can find inner peace in the best environment possible.
Samsara Healthy Holidays knows the true essence of the island and it introduces it to its wellness program. So come and discover by the hand of our best experts a new philosophy of life. Live a healthy holiday at Samsara Healthy Holidays.

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Coffee and a healthy diet, are they compatible?

I’m sure you’ve often wondered if you can drink coffee when you’re on a diet, whether it’s healthy, if it aids weight loss, or even how much coffee you should drink per day. Today we are going to clear up all these uncertainties and tell you if you can continue to enjoy your dose of morning coffee or if it should be eliminated entirely from the equation. Keep reading!

Coffee is the drink you usually have with breakfast, after a meal or when you meet friends socially. So, it’s no wonder it’s become the second most popular drink in the Western world.

Coffee is beneficial to the body because it provides antioxidants, just like fruit and vegetables, which protect your body from disease and delay cell ageing. Additionally, it is a great source of fibre, so it will also help improve intestinal transit. Rich in magnesium, potassium and pantothenic acid, has no carbohydrates, contains no cholesterol, no saturated fats, no sugar and is low in sodium.

So, can you drink coffee when you’re on a diet? As we’ve always said, anything in excess is harmful, but that doesn’t mean that drinking a cup of coffee every morning has a negative effect on your diet.

Keep in mind that breakfast is the first meal you eat and gives you 25% of your daily energy, which is why it is considered the most important meal of the day. For a low-calorie diet, it’s best to drink black coffee. If you take milk, cream or sugar, the mixture becomes a calorie bomb and can be counterproductive to your diet.

Furthermore, drinking coffee in the morning helps your body, because it accelerates your metabolism and burns accumulated fat. And if you drink green coffee, even better, because it helps avoid the absorption of calories and carbohydrates. Coffee also generates a feeling of satiety, so it helps you not to snack between meals.

You should keep in mind that the best way to lose weight is by maintaining a balanced and healthy diet, combined with daily exercise. Also, you must bear in mind that each person’s metabolism is different. Consequently, a cup of coffee will not have the same effect on one body as it does on another. This stimulating drink can be included in your healthy diet, as long as you drink it in moderation. In which case, don’t worry, you can still enjoy the addictive pleasure of coffee.


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